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Viewpoint: Our school system – the way ahead

September 7, 2018 by LGiU

Approaching the tenth anniversary of the start of the “self-improving school-led system” concept we are at a cross-road for our schools system. Do we continue to develop a genuinely school-led system, writes Nick MacKenzie, or do the current tensions in the system lead us in a different direction?


Viewpoint: A child friendly election in Norway

September 5, 2018 by LGiU

Norway’s September 2017 election also saw Save the Children Norway design a children’s election. The aim was to reach 5,000 children aged between nine and 15 years. Yet in the end, over 60,000 youngsters participated in the election, writes Julia Zvobgo. 


Viewpoint: Six weeks to save local economic growth…

August 16, 2018 by LGiU

OK – now I’ve got your attention, I admit the headline is slightly OTT. But, I promise readers, this is less far-fetched and more grounded than most of the ‘fake news’ and hysterical banners with which we are daily assailed from national politicians and their preferred media platforms, says David…


LGiU Fortnightly 10th August: Not-so-silly season for local government

August 10, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

As Parliament grinds to a halt, we reflect on the situation in local government left by the vacuum of policy strategy on social care and funding, as well as the impact of a No Deal Brexit on councils. Plus we launch our #LocalGovReads campaign, asking what local government is reading…


LocalGov Reads

August 10, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

It’s August and the traditional time of things slowing down a little bit in local government.  Many councillors and officers take a bit of time off from the increasingly grim reality of local government finance. Whether travelling abroad, visiting the wonderful treasures in these Isles or enjoying a staycation close…


Groundhog day for civil society

August 9, 2018 by Jonathan Carr-West

With limited fanfare, DCMS today launched the government’s latest civil society strategy proudly described as the first new such strategy in 15 years. Key features include a £165 million fund to support community organisations, a new Innovation in Democracy programme to pilot participatory democracy techniques such as citizens’ juries, more…



Brexit and Civil Contingency Planning

August 3, 2018 by Andrew Walker

The story that has emerged over the last week or so that we may have to begin stockpiling food, medicines and other essentials in readiness for a no-deal Brexit is disturbing to say the least. It reveals something of the shock we can expect next April without adequate planning and…


Northamptonshire on the brink

August 2, 2018 by Jonathan Carr-West

Things lurch from bad to worse in Northamptonshire. Following the issue of a second section 114 notice and a scathing letter to councillors from the Finance Director condemning years of financial mismanagement that have left the council on the brink of collapse and needing to find another £60 – 70…


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